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Grant to a USA Nonprofit, For-Profit, IHE, Tribe, or Agency for Research to Improve Rehabilitation Technologies

Rehabilitation Engineering Research Centers (RERC) Program: RERC on Universal Access to Information and Communication Technology


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Funding Source
U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) - Administration for Community Living (ACL)
National Institute on Disability, Independent Living, and Rehabilitation Research (NIDILRR)
CFDA Number: 93.433
Funding or PIN Number: HHS-2023-ACL-NIDILRR-REGE-0097
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Important Dates
Deadline: 06/05/23 11:59 PM ET Receipt Save

Grant Description
Grant to a USA nonprofit or for-profit organization, IHE, Tribe, or government agency for research to improve available rehabilitation technologies, delivery systems, and equipment. Applicants are advised that required registrations may take several weeks to complete. Funding is intended to improve information accessibility for people with disabilities.

The purpose of the Rehabilitation Engineering Research Center (RERC) program is to improve the effectiveness of services authorized under the Rehabilitation Act by conducting advanced engineering research on and development of innovative technologies that are designed to solve particular rehabilitation problems or to remove environmental barriers for people with disabilities. RERCs also demonstrate and evaluate such technologies, facilitate service delivery system changes, stimulate the production and distribution of new technologies and equipment in the private sector, and provide training opportunities.

NIDILRR-Initiated RERC on Universal Access to Information and Communication Technology: NIDILRR seeks to fund an RERC to address the universal accessibility and usability of information and communication technology (ICT) for people with disabilities. This RERC will conduct research and development activities toward knowledge, strategies, and tools to make existing and next-generation ICT accessible to people with a wide range of disabilities. This RERC will research and develop new accessibility models and approaches to address the rapidly evolving interface techniques and technologies that do not take into account the needs and variance among people with disabilities. In addition, this RERC will promote collaboration between appropriate agencies, associations, organizations, groups, and individuals to help ensure that accessibility principles and standards are applied to all ICT.

The RERC must conduct research and development activities toward ICT that:

  1. Maximizes accessibility and usability
  2. Allows user configuration
  3. Allows a range of interaction and interface methods
  4. Provides outputs in multiple forms
  5. Ensures compatibility with assistive technology

For further program details, see p. 4 of the FOA in Attached Files.


  • City or township governments
  • County governments
  • For profit organizations other than small businesses
  • Native American tribal governments (Federally recognized)
  • Native American tribal organizations (other than Federally recognized tribal governments)
  • Nonprofits having a 501(c)(3) status with the IRS, other than institutions of higher education
  • Nonprofits that do not have a 501(c)(3) status with the IRS, other than institutions of higher education
  • Private institutions of higher education
  • Public and State controlled institutions of higher education
  • Others (see text field entitled "Additional Eligibility Criteria" for clarification)
  • Small businesses
  • Special district governments
  • State governments

Additional Eligibility Criteria
Eligible Applicants:
States; public or private agencies, including for profit-agencies; public or private organizations, including for-profit organizations; IHEs; and Indian tribes and tribal organizations.

Faith-based and community organizations that meet the eligibility requirements are eligible to receive awards under this funding opportunity announcement.

Foreign entities are not eligible to compete for, or receive, awards made under this announcement.

For funding restrictions, see p. 21 of the FOA in Attached Files.

Pre-Proposal Conference
An informational conference call will be held between 1:00 p.m. and 3:00 p.m. (Eastern time) on 04/26/2023. Interested parties are invited to participate in the pre-application meeting to discuss the funding priority and to receive information and technical assistance. You must contact Megan Alvarado in order to participate in this meeting.

NIDILRR staff also will be available to provide information and technical assistance via individual phone consultations from 3:00 p.m. to 4:00 p.m. on the date listed above. Requests for individual consultations during this one-hour window must be made in advance to Megan Alvarado.

Pre-Application Information
All applications must be received by 11:59 pm ET on 06/05/2023.

All applicants must have a UEI and be registered with the System for Award Management (SAM, and maintain an active SAM registration until the application process is complete, and should a grant be made, throughout the life of the award.

All applicants must submit an application electronically through ACL strongly recommends that you do not wait until the application due date to begin the application process because of the time involved to complete the registration process. If your organization is not currently registered, please begin this process immediately.

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Additional Funding Information

Estimated Total Program Funding:


Number of Grants

Estimated Size of Grant
Award Ceiling: $925,000 Per Budget Period
Award Floor: $920,000 Per Budget Period

Term of Contract
Length of Project Period: 60-month project period with five 12-month budget periods

The anticipated project period start date for this announcement is: 09/01/2023

Contact Information
To register for the informational conference call, contact Megan Alvarado at

Project Officer:
Phone: (202) 795-7328
Office: National Institute on Disability, Independent Living, and Rehabilitation Research

Grants Management Specialist:
Howard Nicholas
Phone: 202-795-7275
Office: Office of Grants Management

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RFP & Supporting Documents
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